Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Power of Words

Where do we find letters and words? Everywhere! Why is it important to know about letters and words? We use them to read and write! This is a chant we say with our classes to help them realize the value of knowing letters, sounds and words. Whether you do it with environmental print, word walls, interest word charts, sight word activities, etc., you are giving children the power to become readers and writers. And WOW, our student’s use of their word power is showing up everywhere in they’re reading and writing! So we hope you can use some of these activities to keep the power of words strong in your classroom too.

Favorite Sight Word Apps:
Touch Fire  App:  The app Touch Fire can be used to write sight words in fire or sparks on the iPad.
Word Clouds a free app from  Students type in the words and the app creates the word cloud. Students can choose color schemes, fonts, etc...
Phonics Genius app covers over 200 phonics patterns ! It covers every pattern a teacher would need to teach. There is an option for students to record themselves reading the word. 
Magnetic ABC iPad is an edition of the old fashioned magnetic board suitable for kids of all ages!


Youtube videos on working with sight words:
Teaching sight words is simple.  Sight words are divided into  colored groups.  They are sent home weekly with the form below so that parents may also keep track of how their child is doing.  When they are ready to be tested, they earn  the right to wear Level 1 shirt  (yellow level).  Then level 2 shirts gives them the honor to wear orange shirt, Level 3 is red and learning all the Dolch words will earn them the blue shirt. Colored bracelets are sent home for those last few words! 
Working with Words Pinterest Board: 

iPads in theClassroom Pinterest Board:


Friday, April 24, 2015

We Love Bugs!

Whether you are a fan of the insect world or not, you cannot help but get excited about creepy crawlies when looking at them through the eyes of young children. The excitement and interest in bugs, what they do, what they eat and where they live sets the stage for some great learning experiences. Integrating the theme of bugs into sight words, writing, addition and subtraction, research work, living and non-living, research and hands-on projects opens up all kinds of opportunities for young children to highlight the skills they have learned this year. So open up those classroom doors and let the buzzing begin!

Insect Books:

Entomologist Dad  sharing his knowledge about insects:


Children’s Research Work:


Chatterpix App Creations:

Insect iMovies made by the students can be found on Youtube: 

 Insect Pinterest Board:

Insect Products:


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

April Smiles!

Yes, we all know how a child’s smile can lighten a room and brighten a heart, and this month our children’s smiles are especially bright. April is the month of the military child! You may ask, “Why do we honor these children?”  Well, these children live through frequent moves and parent deployments in support of our country, so their sacrifices are honored during the month of April. Our schools and communities offer many activities this month from children focused activities, the Patch of Honor Contest and Purple Up which was celebrated on April 15th this year.  So give a military child a smile and a moment of recognition for the month of the military child!